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Thu, 02 May 2013 00:20:34 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he has no intention of moving OF Alfonso Soriano down in the order because of his lack of production in April. Soriano went into the final game of the month with one home run and two RBIs, hitting .095 with runners in scoring position. Sveum has used Soriano in the clean-up spot in all 25 of Soriano's starts.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:36:50 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the team will likely stick with a closer-by-committee approach when RP Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) returns from the disabled list. Fujikawa could have a rehab outing with Triple-A Iowa Sunday, May 5. RP Kevin Gregg picked up his fourth save of the year Monday, April 29. "I got (a closer)," Sveum said. "I just don't know who it's going to be every night."
Fantasy Tip: This is probably a situation to avoid for fantasy baseball if you can help it. Right now, Gregg, Carlos Marmol and Fujikawa shoulad all be owned in deep mixed formats if you're speculating for saves. Marmol could easily win back the job if he gains enough trust from Sveum, but there's no telling how long that might take.
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:08:11 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum does not inform his relief pitchers who his designated closer will be on a daily bases, and instead goes with the best matchup. "It's been working," Sveum said Monday. "I'm not going to say it's a fix-all and that you don't want to name a closer. You definitely don't want to rock the boat when things are going good in the back of the bullpen when everybody is healthy and ready to go that night. It could be one of four guys. It depends on the matchups."
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:07:16 -0700
Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer expressed his support for manager Dale Sveum despite the team losing 12 of their last 15 games. "We're not the most talented team in the league right now; we're trying to build to get there," Hoyer said. "But as we get there, we can't continue to make the kind of mistakes we're making. That's on us. Dale has our complete support. That (his job security) shouldn't be what he's thinking about in the least."
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:09:39 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum came out and said players would not be tolerated on the team if they engaged in lackluster play, even singling out SS Starlin Castro and 1B Anthony Rizzo. The players were mentioned as part of Sveum's overall disappointment with errors and bad hitting, among other categories.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:16:33 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro left the team to be with his girlfriend for the birth of their first child. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday, March 29, or Saturday, March 30, in Houston, according to manager Dale Sveum.
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:07:29 -0700
The Chicago Cubs have some need at third base and in the bullpen entering the 2012-13 offseason, but the overwhelming need is in the rotation, where only SP Jeff Samardzija and, presumably, SP Matt Garza are assured of returning. "We're obviously going to be active in the free-agent market. I don't think there's any question about that,'' general manager Jed Hoyer said. The front office has meetings planned with manager Dale Sveum, coaches and players over the next week and into the days immediately following the season.
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:22:52 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum has recommended to 3B Josh Vitters and OF Tony Campana that they consider playing winter ball. "The more you play, the better you're going to be," Sveum said. "I think some people nowadays use the winters too much sometimes to work out and rest when you can go play instructional league or [Arizona Fall League] or winter leagues. There's no substitute for playing."
Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:50:41 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro met behind closed doors with manager Dale Sveum and cleared the air about Castro's recent gaffes that have hurt the team. Castro admitted to making mistakes in the team's 10-8 loss Friday, Aug. 10, to the Cincinnati Reds.
Mon, 23 Apr 2012 01:42:02 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he plans to "mix and match" to fill the void in center field created by OF Marlon Byrd's departure to the Boston Red Sox, using a combination of Tony Campana, Reed Johnson and Joe Mather at the position.